Former LSU, Southern football player indicted in murder-for-hire

A former Southern University and LSU wide receiver was indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme involving a Terrytown man in 2010 that was linked to the prosecution of Telly Hankton last year.

Nemesis Bates, 34, was charged in a four-count indictment that was unsealed by federal prosecutors on Friday. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office also charged Aaron Smith, 27, in connection with the incident.

Bates was arrested Friday while Smith was already in custody.

The indictment charges the men with solicitation of a crime of violence, use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and conspiracy to posses firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.

No other details were released on the indictment, but Smith was found dead on Helen Drive on Nov. 21. Last year, prosecutors connected Smith’s death to a 9-millimeter weapon that was connected to multiple crimes discussed during Telly Hankton’s high-profile prosecution last year.

Bates briefly played for LSU and was a standout return specialist for Southern University where he was named all conference in 2000.

At the time of his recent indictment, Bates was awaiting trial on a rash of narcotics possession and distribution charges in New Orleans. Although federal prosecutors labeled him as a New Orleans resident, police records show a last-known-address in Kenner.

Bates was a St. Augustine graduate who had two prior run-ins with the law while still in school.